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Term 1, Week 7, Friday 16 March 2012
In this issue:
From the Principal's Desk
From the Chaplain
Junior School
Middle School
Middle Years Programme
Senior School
Academic and Co-Curricular
Boarding House
Community Relations
Dates for Your Diary

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From the Principal's Desk

This morning at Assembly we recognised International Women's Day. Jessica Gethin, Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra gave an inspiring talk to our girls. She spoke of her journey to become a conductor with humour and passion, and weaved in several hints to the girls about facing future challenges.

International Women's Day started early last century when women became more active in campaigning for change against their inequality with men - a process that continues across the world, even today. Having a ‘day’ focuses attention on an issue. However, it must be recognised that action often needs to be continuous, not just on one day. I am optimistic that our PLC girls and staff will continue to play a role in achieving equality for women.

During the last week we have seen outstanding commitment by two groups of girls in being involved in either or both the IGSSA swimming and the National Rowing Championships.

The swimming carnival was the culmination of many weeks of training and team building for over 80 girls. They were focussed on personal bests and helping the team. I enjoyed watching the carnival and noticed the excellent behaviour and participation through the evening. They all helped celebrate individual success and there was empathy for those who were disqualified. Everyone was supported. While more details are included in the Academic and Co-curricular article below, I must congratulate the Year 9 medley relay team for breaking the 1993 record, and also the Year 9s for winning their year competition.

The girls rowing for PLC in the National regatta were likewise outstanding. Being at the end of their ‘off’ season also put an extra load on their training. Again I was impressed by the way all the girls conducted themselves. They gave every effort and supported each other in the extreme heat. PLC girls achieved great results, winning one gold and one silver medal in a national competition.

– Keith Anderson, Acting Principal


Skye Lockyer-Richmond (Year 12) bravely participated in the World’s Greatest Shave this week in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Isabella Boladeras (Year 11) is one of only seven Perth students accepted into the hip-hop dance troupe ‘Prodigy’, the youth offshoot of ‘Tribe’, an international hip-hop dance company.

Caitlin Attwell (Year 8) competed in the Junior Surf Life Saving State Championships last weekend and won two gold medals.

From the Chaplain

Some more thoughts for Lent:

One of the most exciting aspects of non-violence is that it calls forth all our creativity and imagination, all our reserves of individuality, uniqueness, courage and humour. I don’t believe we have even begun to imagine the extent of the upside-down world we are called to live in. We have become so familiar with the Gospel stories that we forget how utterly shocking, radical and different Jesus’ lifestyle was. (Helen Steven, worker for peace)

To recognize evil and oppose it with the weapons of God is to enter into your divinity.
(Gandhi of India)

God of peace, give us all that patient waiting which is more fruitful than the hurried deadlines of war. (Pope John Paul 11)

–Rev Gary van Heerden

Junior School

On Monday the House Leaders led the Chapel Service. The girls highlighted the fact that leadership can be a form of service. We can all provide service to our community and it was clear that a number of our students had been busy doing so, through the surf lifesaving competition that ran over such a hot weekend. Congratulations to those children who were involved in this event. Congratulations also to those students who participated in the Autism swim event. Your fundraising efforts were exceptional and clearly an example of how students might serve others.

Further leadership positions will be on offer for our Year 6 students as of next week. A comprehensive plan for student / teacher voting, followed by prospective student leader interviews is now established. I look forward to students taking up leadership positions whereby their endeavours can make a sustainable difference in the School. House leaders are assuming greater responsibilities beyond War Cries, I am pleased to say, and have been very informative in how they might truly serve within the context of the School.

As a school our Term 1 Service Appeal is to collect books, picture books, games and educational resources for primary aged children who may not have access to such items. This drive is something that the Junior School children can wholeheartedly participate in, and I encourage everyone to consider how they might contribute. All donations need to be brought to classrooms by Wednesday 28 March.

Please note that on Thursday 22 March the photographers will be in the School taking both class and individual photographs.

I continue to appeal to parents regarding the use of slipways. Parking in the slipways is not permitted at any time, including co-curricular pickup times. Right hand turns out of the slipway are also not permitted. These rules must be observed by all parents.

–Heather Pope, Head of Junior School

Activity Bulletin

Mac 101 for Parents

In response to popular demand we will be running some basic Mac sessions for parents this term. These will initially be for parents of girls in Years 5 and 6 with a laptop of their own. The aim of this session will be to help you use the basic tools to navigate around a Mac and to ask any questions to help build your skills on the laptops and to support your children at home. They will be informal and relaxed, so please feel free to come along and ask anything that you would like to know - no question is too basic here!

Session times:
Monday 19 March 9.00 am to 10.00 am
Friday 23 March 8.30 am to 9.30 am

Sessions will be held at the Junior School Library.


Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the IPSHA Night Swim at St Hilda's on Monday night. The girls in Years 4-6 did very well, winning a number of races. It was a great atmosphere and a big thank you for all the parent support.

Trials for Years 3-4 are on Saturday 17 March from 8.30 am to 10.00 am at PLC and Years 5-6 are on Saturday 17 March from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. Please arrive on time and meet at the courts at Junior School.

There will be no Badminton or Swimming after school on Wednesday 21 March and no Tennis on Thursday 22 March due to school photos.

Middle School

Year 7 Camp
From all accounts, the Year 7s had a wonderful Outdoor Education experience last week. The second half of the girls are currently attending this week and both students and staff were looking forward to a week close to nature.

An information leaflet for parents will be given to girls in Years 7 and 9 next week to take home. The NAPLAN testing will take place in Week 4 of Term 2 (15 - 18 May) across Periods 2 and 3. Please make sure you note these dates as it is expected that all girls in Years 7 and 9 participate in these assessments in literacy and numeracy. The tests must be taken on these set days across the nation but, where necessary, I can catch the girls up if they are absent. This will be done during the afternoons of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday 19 May. I ask that when making appointments for doctors, dentists and so forth, you avoid making appointment across this week. Girls will also need to change their music lessons across this week to factor in the NAPLAN tests.

NAPLAN testing gives the School some useful information for reviewing learning programmes and planning accordingly for the next cycle of teaching and, as such, it is important to us that all girls sit the assessments. However, if you have philosophical objections to the NAPLAN testing and wish to withdraw your daughter from the testing, please contact me as soon as possible.

Parent - Teacher - Student Interviews
This year we are trialling two changes. The first involves the timing of the Middle School evenings that have been placed in Term 1. The second trial is the use of electronic booking for all evenings. For Middle School parents and their daughters, we have set aside three dates for interviews to review your daughter’s progress.

Thursday 29 March (Years 7 – 9)
Monday 2 April (Years 7 – 12)
Wednesday 4 April (Years 7 – 12)

The Parent-Teacher-Student discussions are designed for a five minute discussion about your daughter’s progress. To keep the evening running on schedule, it is essential that all discussions be kept to five minutes. If there is a need for a longer discussion please make another time to meet with the teacher, so as not to disrupt the next appointments.

This year, bookings will be done online. As a parent you will need to log into the booking system and, armed with your daughter’s subjects and teachers, you will be able to book your own interview times. If you have more than one daughter in Years 7 to 12 you will be able to make all bookings at the same time. Full instructions for making the bookings can be found here.

All the discussions will be held in the Middle School building.

Twilight Talk
It was good to see some interest from parents last week about cyber-awareness and safety, at the presentation by Kate Hadwen. For those who were unable to attend, the podcast of the evening is available here.

–Sharon Anderson, Head of Middle School

Middle Years Programme

Parent Workshops
We were delighted with the number of parents who attended our first parent workshop last week on Curriculum and Assessment. Due to overwhelming positive feedback we have decided to repeat the session for parents who may have missed it. Information on the repeat Curriculum and Assessment workshop can be obtained by clicking here.

–Kim Edwards, Deputy Principal

Senior School

Parent-Teacher-Student Evenings
The Parent-Teacher-Student discussions are designed for a five minute discussion about your daughter’s progress. To keep the evening running on schedule, it is essential that all discussions be kept to five minutes. If there is a need for a longer discussion please make another time to meet with the teacher, so as not to disrupt the next appointments.

This year we are trialling the use of electronic booking for all evenings. As a parent you will need to log into the booking system and, armed with your daughter’s subjects and teachers, you will be able to book your own interview times. If you have more than one daughter in Years 7 to 12 you will be able to make all bookings at the same time. Full instructions for making the bookings can be found here.

All the discussions will be held in the Middle School building. The Progressive reports for girls in Years 11 and 12 will be available on the night, at Middle School Reception.

Monday 2 April (Years 7 – 12)
Wednesday 4 April (Years 7 – 12)

Information Evening with Paul Dillion
Paul Dillion will be giving a session to parents on the evening of 20 March. See flyer attached. The Year 10s and 11s will also be attending a session with Paul on Friday 23 March. The girls find his session on Teenagers, Drug and Alcohol extremely informative. I would like to thank the Parents' Committee for their support of these three sessions. As parents, I encourage you to attend so that you can hear what he will be discussing with your daughters.

Year 12 No Facebook Club
At the moment we have 67 members out of a possible 166 students, which shows that there are still many girls who are spending time on Facebook during the school week. Please talk to your daughter about whether she has joined the club.

Facebook Photos
I am increasingly concerned to see the types of pictures that girls are posting on Facebook. Sometimes these photos are of other girls who do not realise that these photos have been posted. I encourage you to speak to your daughter about her digital footprint and about the fact that once something is posted on Facebook, it becomes a permanent footprint as Facebook now owns the image, even if she deletes it at a later date. Please speak to your daughters about NOT posting pictures of others on Facebook without their permission. Always ask, would their parents be happy seeing such photos posted? You may be friends with your daughter on Facebook but you are probably not Facebook friends with her many friends. This is what worries me. You don't have control over what others post, so all we can do is try to educate the girls through home and school. I spoke to the girls about this during Senior School Assembly. This ties in closely with what happens at parties, so I encourage you to attend the Paul Dillion talk next week.

–Neesha Flint, Head of Senior School


University Open Days
Really important dates, very early, for your diaries:
ECU Joondalup Sunday 29 July
Curtin Sunday 5 August
ECU Mt Lawley Sunday 12 August
UWA Sunday 12 August
Murdoch Sunday 19 August
Notre Dame Sunday 19 August

I will be giving the girls their EXIT Planning Information pack at the first Visitor Period of Term 2. This will contain all the timelines for putting in preferences at Interstate and WA universities, as well as information about TAFE, overseas and eastern states universities. If your daughter would like to start Careers Research early, encourage her to book a time with me this term.

US Advisory Visit
The US Advisory visit was held on Tuesday 13 March at lunchtime. A further session for information about sporting scholarships will be scheduled, possibly in May, but not necessarily on 13 May as announced last week. Please refer back to information posted in the previous LINKS about other upcoming information sessions and events, in particular some GAP year programmes.

- Jenny Hetherington, Director of Career Development

Academic and Co-Curricular

PLC Proms Concert
The Music Department is pleased to present its annual Proms Concert at the Quarry Amphitheatre on Sunday 25 March, commencing at 6.00 pm. The evening will feature performances from a range of senior music ensembles including combined groups with students from Scotch and Trinity College. Information and ticket forms are available from the Music Office, or at the Music Department wiki.

Sporting Excellence Programme
PLC aims to provide an understanding and flexible approach for talented student-athletes that fosters the individual’s sporting potential whilst balancing the demands of school life. Students can apply to be part of the Sporting Excellence Programme, designed to mentor our student-athletes. Please see the attached for more information.

2012 Australian Rowing Championships

PLC was well represented at the recent 2012 Australian Rowing Championships with exceptional rowing from Natasha Gay (Year 12), winning gold in the School Girls and U19 Single Scull A finals, silver in the Youth Cup 8 and placing fourth in the U23 Single Scull. Also successful were the PLC crew of Rebecca Duke (Year 12), Kate Mannolini (Year 11), Amelia Mantle (Year 8), Jessamy Burton (Year 12) and coxswain Elinor Scott (Year 12), gaining silver in the School Girl Coxed Four.

Final PLC School Crew Results:

School Girls Coxed Four B Final – 5th
Crew: Hannah Bougher, Ellen Kennedy, Kailey Creeger, Andie Sones c Grace Macleod

School Girls Coxed Quad Scull D Final – 4th
Crew: Anneke Rose, Rachele Devoto, Ella Newton, Rebecca Jordan c Naomi Free

School Girls Coxed Quad Scull C Final
4th – Deborah Fisher, Amaani Alikhan, Sophie Clyne, Katie Baronie Shaw c Stella Brackenridge
5th – Anita Ibbitson, Brittany Rose, Keely Atchinson, Isobel Payne c Martha Cornwell

School Girls Single Scull A Final – 1st
Natasha Gay

School Girls Coxed Four A Final – 2nd
Crew: Rebecca Duke, Jessamy Burton, Kate Mannolini, Emily Mantle c Elinor Scott

IGSSA Swimming
PLC placed fifth overall, with Year 9 winning their division. An outstanding swim by the Year 9 - 4 x 50m Medley Relay Team (Anjelica Young, Salwa Sadek, Hadley Lindsay and Olivia Moore) had them break the record that has been held since 1993.

Congratulations to the Senior School Hockey team, who are going to South Africa over Easter, for winning their first game against the touring Singapore team on Tuesday night. The girls defeated ACIC 2-1. A reminder that there is training on Saturday morning at Shenton Turf 10.00 am - 11.00 am.


Relay For Life: Supporting WA Cancer Council
Congratulations to our four teams of girls representing 120 students who have registered to give their time over the weekend of 5 and 6 May. Each student has also committed to collecting tax deductable fundraising to further support cancer research.

Term 1 Service Appeal

Traditionally we focus on the love of books and the joy of storytelling in Term 1. We invite our PLC community to share their love of reading by donating children’s books (all ages) to families unable to provide this joy to their children. Donations for the Term 1 Service Appeal are collected through HTG.

House Tutor Group Initiatives
Each week we feature various events led through our House Tutor Groups that develop teamwork and raise awareness for our many community partnerships.

  • Thursday 22 March – Year 11 Ferguson will be holding a food stall outside the Drama Centre at lunchtime, supporting The Starlight Foundation.
  • Friday 23 March – There will be a screening of the Year 11 production Perfect Ladies College: A Mockumentary, at lunchtime in the Drama Centre to raise funds for the people of Cambodia.
  • Monday 2 April – Year 11 CAS will be holding a food stall at lunchtime, supporting Variety, The Children’s Charity.
Dance Workshop for Motor Neuron Disease
Nina Wise has organised a dance workshop to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease, for her MYP Personal Project. The workshop includes a 1.5 hour class with guest choreographer, Janelle Vaccaro, who has worked with high profile performers such as LMFAO and Lady Gaga. The class will be held on 30 March from 4.30 pm - 8.30 pm in the Hugh Baird Sports Centre. Registration forms can be found on the website www.danceformnd.wordpress.com

Boarding House

See the Boarding House Newsletter to find out about what's been going on this week.

Community Relations

It's been a busy start to the year for the PLC Parents' Committee, starting with a record attendance of 520 people to the Parents' Committee Sundowner at the start of term.

Thirty PLC Teachers Sponsored to Attend Martin Seligman Conference
Professor Martin Seligman is considered to be one of the most famous, respected and influential psychologists alive. He is the world-renowned founder of Positive Psychology and is Professor of Psychology and Director, Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. Responding to Beth Blackwood's suggestion, the Parents' Committee sponsored 30 teachers to attend a once in a lifetime seminar on the 17 February, with extremely positive feedback obtained afterwards from the staff.

Paul Dillon Information Evening on Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs
The Parents' Committee is sponsoring an information evening with alcohol and drug expert Paul Dillon on 20 March at 7.00 pm in the Hazel Day Drama Centre. All interested parents are invited to attend. Please see attached flyer.


Expressions of Interest
Fellow parent Denise Alcock has kindly volunteered to resurrect and co-ordinate a PLC Golf Day that would be open to all parents. To give Denise an idea of numbers and suitable dates, please contact her direct on denphil3@bigpond.com

There is also renewed interest in attending a First Aid Course to be run by St John Ambulance but hosted at PLC. Parent Kim Dorset has generously offered to coordinate this event so to give her an idea of numbers and suitable dates, please contact her direct on kimndors@yahoo.co.uk

These events will only run if there is enough interest, so please contact Denise and/or Kim today.

Dyslexia Aware Parenting Workshop
Renowned international educator and author Neil Mackay is running a parent workshop providing the ‘tricks of the trade’ to assist children with learning disabilities. Please see attached flyer.

Dates for Your Diary

20 March Information Evening with Paul Dillon, Hazel Day Drama Centre 7.00 pm

21 March Pre-Primary Parents’ Sundowner

22 March Junior School Class and Individual Photographs

Year 6 Parent Drinks Night

23 March Year 8 Parents’ Welcome Drinks

Year 9 Parents’ Coffee Morning

Year 10 Parent Evening

Kindergarten Parents’ Gourmet Pizza Evening

24 March Year 1 Parents’ Trivia Night

25 March PLC Proms Concert at the Quarry 6.00 pm

28 March Year 7 Mums’ Movie and Bubbles Night

30 March Year 11 Parents’ Evening

31 March Year 4 Parents’ Evening

4 April Year 2 Easter Egg Hunt

5 April Year 1 Easter Egg Hunt

27 April Year 12 Parent Evening

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